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The Burglar (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | June 1957 (USA)
Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

David Goodis (screenplay), David Goodis (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Duryea ... Nat Harbin
Jayne Mansfield ... Gladden
Martha Vickers ... Della
Peter Capell ... Baylock
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Dohmer
Wendell K. Phillips Wendell K. Phillips ... Police Captain
Phoebe Mackay Phoebe Mackay ... Sister Sara
Stewart Bradley Stewart Bradley ... Charlie
John Facenda John Facenda ... News Commentator
Sam Elber Sam Elber ... Gerald
Frank Hall Frank Hall ... News Reporter
Bob Wilson Bob Wilson ... Newsreel Narrator
Steve Allison Steve Allison ... State Trooper
Richard Emery Richard Emery ... Harbin as a Child
Andrea McLaughlin Andrea McLaughlin ... Gladden as a Child
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Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

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A trail of perfume...and violence!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Toter lügt nicht See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in the summer of 1955 but not released until 1957, in order to cash in on the sudden fame of Jayne Mansfield. See more »

Goofs

The 1951 Chevy driven by Nat Harbin is described as "light gray" over the police radio and in the teletype voice-over, yet the description on the teletype reads that the car is "green." See more »

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All credits are in lower case, including title card, cast list, crew names and occupations, and "the end". See more »

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References Beyond the Forest (1949) See more »

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Breathtakingly ostentatious noir
14 May 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

This is one of those extravagantly stylized late-period noirs, one which palpitates with flamboyant cinematic technique. It belongs in the same club as those other exaggerated, self-consciously arty noirs of the late 50s/early 60s, like Touch of Evil, Kiss Me Deadly, Blast of Silence and Sam Fuller's contemporaneous contributions to the genre. Wendkos directs like a recent A+ film school graduate showing off every Hitchcock and Welles trick he's learned -- there are many stunning edits (he is also credited as the film's editor), several strikingly composed shots, and a suitably seedy background (the fact that the crooks' hideout is right next to a railway line full of speeding streamliners is a boon). At the same time, he toes the studio line of narrative clarity and cohesive action scenes enough to make this suitable viewing for the non-buff (one can see why he spent most of his years in television, but at the same time could dazzle with over-the-top effects in The Mephisto Waltz.) Fans of Atlantic City's Steel Pier are in for a treat in the film's climax (which owes a bit too much to The Lady from Shanghai) -- we even get to see the diving horse. But notably, we also see the soggy marshes that border the city and reflect the protagonists' own situational quagmire. It may not have the integrity of the more subtly devastating noirs of the Siodmak 40s, but it has its own postmodern tradition to uphold. It's worth picking this one up even on the third-generation dupes that are now in circulation; a wide-screen dvd restoration is definitely in order.


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